Creationism in British Schools. UK.


Ignorance, Irrational-ism and Superstition. 
In My Children’s School 2006
In Their Primary Education – Unforgivable! 
 
They are being taught a ‘religious answer’ to some of their basic questions to form a religious world view far before their own personal and critical faculties have even started developing. England’s Educational Disgrace!¬
 
The Brainwashing of our Children in 2006
 
We Should Be Making An Example To The Rest Of The World : Not To Do This
 
Our Greatest Export
Evolution, Darwin and Science
 
The USA Is Letting Us Down – Prisoners Without Trial. Abuse And, Secret Rendition. Millions Died In War And From Many Countries To Prevent This Sort Of Thing Going On – Again!
 
Most children, I hope, we will teach never to trust a government authority on morality or even their silly ethos’s or ethics. This I feel it is a very good thing! It is not what these present ‘puffed up’ authorities want. Take account of the above nastiness’s and see what type of people we really have at the top in our country.
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
43 scientists and philosophers have signed and sent a letter to Tony Blair and relevant Government departments, concerning the teaching of Creationism in schools.

26 March 2002. It is now 2006! 
 
A letter signed by 43 of the British Humanist Association’s eminent scientists and members of the Humanist Philosophers’ Group has now been sent to Tony Blair, The Secretary of State for Education and Skills; the Minister for Schools Standards; the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Science; Professor David King, Government Chief Scientific Officer; Sir William Stubbs, Chair, QCA; and Martin Hollins, Principal Officer, Science, QCA.
 
The BHA opinion on the teaching of Creationism in schools is, broadly, that it is wrong to present Creationism either as the literal truth or as a bona fide scientific theory. However, BHA has no objection to Creation Science and Intelligent Design being rigorously and critically explored – just as we have no objection to any scientific theory being open to scrutiny and criticism (and revision).
 
N.B. a copy of the letter, including signatories is at the bottom of the page.
 
The following scientists and philosophers have now offered to act as spokespersons on Creationism and education:
 
Scientists:
1. Professor Robin Dunbar
2. John Maynard Smith
3. Professor Lewis Wolpert
 
Philosophers:
1. Professor Simon Blackburn
2. Professor David Papineau
3. Dr Janet Radcliffe Richards
4. Professor Peter Simons
5. Dr Stephen Law
 
Further information
 
Janet Radcliffe Richards book Human Nature After Darwin manages to introduce both philosophy and Darwinian theory, and contains an illuminating exposition and critique of Philip Gosse’s fundamentalist response. Janet effectively shows up the methodological fallacies in creationist thinking;
 
Stephen Law’s forthcoming book contains a chapter on whether creationism is scientific.
 
David Papineau teaches History and Philosophy of Science at King’s College London.
 
You can read more about the BHA’s work in this area on the BHA website.
 
British Humanist Association
 
COPY OF THE LETTER
 
The Right Hon Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
LONDON SW1A 2AS
 
26 March 2002
Dear Prime Minister
Creationism in British schools
 
We are alarmed to learn that creationists are now teaching in at least one state-funded school, Emmanuel College in Gateshead, that the Darwinian evolutionary hypothesis is “a matter of faith” (TES, 25/1/02, Guardian 9/3/02, Channel 4 News 11/3/02). Creationist science teachers appear to be exploiting the wording of KS4 Science in the National Curriculum, which refers to pupils learning “how scientific controversies can arise from different ways of interpreting empirical evidence [for example Darwin’s theory of evolution]”. Scientists may disagree about the details and processes of evolution, but they do not disagree about whether it happened, and it is disingenuous of teachers to claim otherwise.
 
We urgently call for: a tightening up of the legal requirements in National Curriculum Science to prevent creation stories being taught as anything other than religious myths; clear guidance from GCSE examination boards to teachers and pupils that creationism is not a scientific hypothesis; reform of the Science curriculum to enable teaching about Darwinian evolution well before KS4, which may become optional in the future – we suggest teaching it at KS2.
 
Yours sincerely
Dr David Archard
Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS
Dr Julian Baggini
Dr Piers Benn
Professor Simon Blackburn
Professor Colin Blakemore ScD FMedSci FRS
Professor Margaret Boden
Sir Hermann Bondi
Dr Malcolm Cass
Peter Cave
Michael Clark
John Christie
Sir Kenneth Clucas
Dr Helena Cronin
Professor Richard Dawkins FRS
Professor Robin Dunbar FRA FBA
Professor Sir Anthony Epstein
Professor Antony Flew
Dr Steven French
Professor John L. Harper CBE FRS
Dr Alan Haworth
Professor Robert A Hinde CBE FRS
Professor Hugh Huxley MBE, ScD, FRS
Dr Matthew Kiernan
Dr Brendan Larvor
Dr Stephen Law
Professor David Levene
Professor John Maynard Smith FRS
Professor Richard Norman
Professor David Papineau
James Parry
Sir Roger Penrose FRS
Professor Hugh Pyper
Dr Janet Radcliffe Richards
Jonathan Rée
Dr Ben Rogers
Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat FRS
Professor Peter Simons
Sir David Smith FRS
John Maynard Smith FRS
Dr Suzanne Uniacke
Dr Nigel Warburton
Professor Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS
(Signatures available for inspection at BHA office)
 
Copies to: The Secretary of State for Education and Skills; the Minister for Schools Standards; the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Science; Professor David King, Government Chief Scientific Officer; Sir William Stubbs, Chair, QCA; Martin Hollins, Principal Officer, Science, QCA.
 
The Right Hon Ruth Kelly MP. Education Minister. 2006. The New Labour Government.  

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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